PAWTUCKET – Virtually every athletics confrontation between archrivals Tolman and Shea is gritty, even chippy. And while “American rules” football may be where the rivalry burns hottest, the other foot ball isn’t far behind.
PAWTUCKET – Now that Rich Sauveur will absolutely not be back with the PawSox in 2015, the search is on for the team’s next pitching coach.
The Red Sox haven’t had to worry about that position since the 2007 offseason (to jog your memory, think back to the heyday of Abe Alvarez) – Sauveur has overseen the pitching staff that long. While the logs to stoke the hot-stove season haven’t even been chopped yet, the early rumblings are that Sauveur’s replacement could come from within the organization.
LINCOLN – Granted, it wasn't the cleanest game in interscholastic history, but Lincoln coach Dave Waycott and Co. could walk to the locker room up the hill with a bit of enthusiasm – Lincoln's defense came up with a monumental collective effort while sophomore signal caller Matt Oakley pitched a pair of TD tosses in a 20-0 rout.
Long before the multiple championships, the myriad of individual achievements and a celebrity crossover status that he so desperately tried to conceal, Derek Jeter kept “a razor-thin focus on things” according to Andy Fox, presently the Red Sox minor-league fielding coordinator and a former teammate of Jeter.
“For someone who was 18 at the time, he continually went about his business and it was impressive to see at that age,” Fox said. “Who knows how it was going to end up, but he had the determination to get better.”
CENTRAL FALLS – After a scoreless initial half, senior quin-captain Alexi Flores scored two tantalizing tallies – the last with only three minutes left in regulation – to lift Central Falls High to a 2-1 Division I conquest of pesky Cumberland at Macomber Stadium on Friday night.
Flores curled in a feed from fellow captain Moises Blanco about 10 minutes into the final session, but the talented Yordano DaSilva evened up the match on a pass from Denser Martinez.
PAWTUCKET – Tolman High is once again starting to throw its weight, and speed, around in Division II. After a brief hiatus in Division I, the Tigers are back where they belong, showing off their explosive offense and smothering defense on a weekly basis.
PAWTUCKET – Despite being twice their age, Rich Sauveur has a lot in common with the numerous Triple-A pitchers who were entrusted to his care during his successful seven-year run as pitching coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The 50-year-old hoped – make that yearned – for a job at the big-league level.
PAWTUCKET – Tyreal Whitaker and his Tolman High teammates had plenty of speed to burn on Friday night.
The definition of a one-person wrecking crew, Whitaker piled up four touchdowns as Tolman blew past Johnston, 35-12, in the Division II-B opener for both schools at Max Read Field. Whitaker rushed for three scores and also passed for one.